The new trend in IELTS:
Often, most of the candidates applying for migration abroad are advised to score 8777 in IELTS for VISA processing.
Some are surely able to get this score in their very first attempt. However, we are looking at the fact that most people don’t get this score even after several attempts. Why is it so? Let us first examine the score. 8777 means that one has to get 8/9 in listening, 7/9 in speaking, 7/9 in reading and 7/9 in writing.
At first, it sounds tough unless the test taker has had a lot of practice and guidance. Even when you are capable of getting a good score and are really fluent in English, some times you may not meet the criteria in getting the target score in all the modules at once. Candidates keep changing their exam centres from British Council to IDP and Vice versa and some change their test city even and try appearing for IELTS exams in different cities of India and finally some candidates try their luck in different training centres. This is a wrong notion evolved from the rumours created by test taker and non-professionals. This strategy never works.
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Listening: 8 Bands
Getting 8 in Listening means that the test taker is supposed to get 38 answers right. To get 38 right answers out of 40 questions you need a lot of practice. Primarily, to get 38 in the exam one has to get 40/40 in the practice test, not just once, at least in 10 subsequent mock test. If you are taught in English medium schools, in the first mock test you might get approximately 18 to 25 marks. Making it 40 from 25 is the real challenge associated with the training. Find where you usually make mistakes. E.g., If you are making mistakes often in the section ‘choose the correct answer’, you may have to work more on that area. Keep working and practising even the same test again and again. A minimum of 30 listening tests and practising all the 30 test twice can simply fetch you the required score or sometimes even more than the required score.
A listening test in IELTS has 4 sections. Each section has 10 questions. The speaker in the first 2 sections speak very slowly and the speed advances to the remaining 2 sections with a higher speed. As the test progresses with speed in the language spoken, candidates are advised to concentrate well and score more in the first 2 sections, that is the initial 20 questions. This is where you will be able to score full marks. The second and Third section is a bit tougher and you will have to develop a regular listening habit to get the most of the answers solved.
Reading: 7 Bands
Most test takers come out of the exam center frustrated for not getting sufficient time to attend the third passage. This is ridiculous. Why is it so? Please speak to one of your friends or seniors who have already taken the IELTS test before. You would agree to my claim. It is because mostly candidates work on IELTS reading passages without limiting and restricting themselves with time. During practise sessions, learners usually take more than 60 minutes. This habit continues to be intriguing in the exam. Needless to say, the exam is conducted very strictly. Candidates are allowed no extra time in Reading test unlike the listening counter part. You may have to practise finishing all the passages and answer to all questions in the given time while practising. Do not take more than a minute to solve one question. As in the case of the listening test, to get a 7 Band score you may have to get 36/40 in the real test. Get used to read and find answers in 60 minutes on a daily basis. Whenever an answer goes wrong, try and find the reason behind it.
Similarly, you have only 60 minutes to do the task. Take 40 minutes for 40 questions. You are usually given 3 passages. You now have 5 minutes to read each passage. Now you have 5 minutes remaining. At the end of the test utilise this time for checking the answers you have already written. Time management is more important than anything else in Reading Module.
Writing: 7 Bands
To get a 7 band score in writing module, grammar perfection alone may not be of much use. I would recommend you to look into various other factors of your essays’ standard. Out of several 1000 people who appear for IELTS exams every week, hardly a few get this score.
Lexical resources: You have a range a academic words in Oxford Dictionary. Get used to all the academic words, because these are the words that are frequently used in International English Exams.
Useful Phrases and Idioms: Make use of all the necessary idioms and phrases in order to prove yourself a regular user of English language.
Grammatical Range: Use a wide range of grammar structure. There are many ways in saying the same thing. For Example, This sentence can be written in many different ways. Try and change the range of grammar at least 100 times and write different sentences for the same idea without changing the tense in the sentence. ‘Although you don’t visit Casper Academy daily, you could get the required score.’
Grammatical Accuracy: Being accurate about Grammar usage is going to be a difficult task, especially for people who studied their schoolings from non-english medium schools. In such cases it is necessary for one to take appropriate training before appearing for such exams.
Cultural Appropriacy: As you are visiting a more developed country than yours by appearing for this exam, you are expected to have your thought process working in favour of their culture. In fact, respecting the culture of the country that you are visiting and knowing the reason behind such interferences would be mandatory before stating your opinion. This doesn’t mean that you have to ignore the importance of your’s. You are just learning and observing one more lesson your knowledge.
Task Achievement: The second half of the question box, is called the task. Usually the first paragraph in the question booklet is a statement or an opinion. The second and further paragraphs / sentences would be the task that is supposed to be achieved. For example, ‘Discuss both these views and give your opinion.’ ‘How far do you agree with this opinion?’ ‘What are some of the solutions to reduce road traffic congestions and pollution problems. Achieving these tasks simply means, write in appropriate fashion so that your response is a suitable answer to the task sentence.
Paragraphing: If you read the task sentence properly, by this time you know how many paragraphs you are expected to write. For example, If the task is ‘Discuss both these views and give your opinion.’ In this task the writer is asked to write 4 paragraphs. You may be wondering how I understood it. There are 2 views to be addressed which takes 2 paragraphs. My views will also be the same as my conclusion. Therefore, Introduction and conclusion makes another 2 paragraphs. And so the total is 4 paragraphs. You should know how to dissect the task sentence and make out the number of paragraphs expected in a essay task.
Punctuations: Without appropriate punctuations, it is often difficult to make out the meaning of a sentence. If you have a mismanagement in the punctuation the ideas what you conveyed may be viewed differently by the reader.
Capital Words: Most candidates have this problem of not sure where to use small letters and where to use capital letters. There are minor issues, but serious.
Noun and verb orders: In Grammar all that we study is the noun and verb order. ‘Cow eats’, ‘Cows eat’. Examine these phrases closely. If the subject is singular you should use ‘s’ in the end of the verb. If the subject is plural you should not use’s’ at the end of the verb. Similarly there are many such orders in English Grammar. You should be aware of all of them.
Academic language: Often the differences between the spoken language, colloquial expressions, and academic standard language is confusing. If you know the difference, you will be able to write well. If not, visit Casper Academy, we will teach you.
Comprehension of the questions: To understand the question and avoid misunderstanding, even if you are sure of your comprehension skills, I would recommend you to read and understand the question at least 3 – 5 times before deciding on what and how much to write.
General Ideas: You are expected to be aware of a fair amount of general happenings around you. A good reader and a good listener or the one who has a lot of friends in his peer groups may be good at general ideas.
Opinion: ‘Have your say’, giving an opinion is not an offence. Hardly do people have a strong opinion or conviction. We would simply like to follow the herd in most cases. A well-balanced view often fetches more marks in Writing.
Justification: If you have an opinion, you should also know why the opinion is right. Knowing the reason for the opinion and explaining it to the reader in a appropriate fashion is called justification.
Analytical ability: Simply at the outline of an issue one may not understand the consequences of occurrences. without being able to see the repercussion, you may not be able to develop an idea or justification. Therefore an ability to analyse issues in mandatory while writing essays.
Coherence: Being able to produce logical reasoning and being consistent about the ideas said throughout the essay is a rare quality.
Cohesion: The continuity of the idea or the sentence should not break. Being able to write in such style is admirable.
Passive voice: One’s knowledge to differentiate between these two sentences makes him confident about his/her knowledge in passive voice. ‘They are taken’ and ‘They have taken’ makes. Passive voice always uses only the third form of the verb. In passive voice, you should not care for mentioning the name of the doer of the action. In passive voice, just like active voice you have all tenses. When I was seriously teaching this stuff a candidate asked me where should I use passive voice. That is an odd but obvious question.
Perfect tense: Just like issues with passive voice, people have problem with perfect tense. ‘I told’. ‘I have told’. ‘I had told’. Look at the above mentioned sentences and feel the differences. If you think you know the precise meaning of all these sentences and the differences lie in it, it is good.
Speaking: 7 bands
Away from all the madding confusion that lie in assuming how to get the required score in Speaking modules of IELTS, I only have one thing to say. Speaking and answering are two different ways of responding to a question verbally. Most ofter when a question is posted we tend to answer. Here in this exam instead of answering, you have to speak. This simple idea makes a lot of difference in your score.
Speak elaborately. In other words, avoid giving one word or short answers to questions. You may have to speak as if you are genuinely interested in speaking the topic.
Part 1: As part one is the first set of questions you will listen to from the examiner, it is obvious that you panic. Even if you panic, tell yourself it will be alright (all is well). If you do well in the other two parts, certainly your inability to perform the part 1 will be neglected and you may score well. You are asked up to 4-8 simple questions about your daily activities along with an introduction part. See to that you don’t simple give a nod, say one word answer, smile, or blink, or respond with a short answer. Speak elaborately.
Part 2: In this part of the speaking test you will be asked to speak for two minutes on a topic you had prepared for one minute. The examiner allows time for preparation and also offers a pen and a paper to prepare. Once the allotted time is over, the candidate is expected to speak continuously for 2 minutes without a break. This round usually is easy, but candidates often lack points to speak. Hence most often test takers end up with no words in 45 to 60 seconds. The remaining one minute happens to be a hectic task and the test taker tries to repeat or go off the beaten track. You should have a practise of using a bubble chart to stick to this task and speak for 2 minutes without interruption.
Part 3: Although this task is expecting you to speak elaborately on more than 7 questions, you won’t be given extra time for preparation like the previous section in the speaking part 2. Here, your readiness to answer to all the question is tested.
On the whole: The test is assessed upon 100s of elements in speaking. At one time it is difficult for you to control and manage all the areas of speech. For example areas usually tested are, articulation of the speech, Pronunciation, Intonation, Grammatical accuracy, Grammatical Range, Voice modulation, Sounds, Stress, Vocabulary, Gerund, Ideas, Cultural appropriacy, Readiness to speak, Manners, Etiquette, Ability to get along with the people in English speaking country, Culture, Respect to ones own country and many more. Even if you are very intelligent you will bound to make mistakes in at least few areas at different times. Never mind. The examiner only looks for your overall performance in all these areas. Therefore, it is easy to score well in speaking module.
On the whole, Getting a 8777 is not a big deal, if you are at the right hands. Join Casper Academy for, a hassle free training and desired score in the test in one sitting. Thank you for reading the whole article. You are definitely an achiever.